As news about COVID-19 dominates media and public safety discussions at state and federal levels, we want you to know that since we are still two months away, we have no plans right now to cancel AST’s 51st Surgical Technology Conference occurring May 28-30, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Your safety is our top priority, however, and we recognize this as an extremely important and evolving situation. We will continue to monitor developments and base any decisions we make concerning our annual conference on the advice of health and safety experts. In addition, we are waiving all cancellation fees for our attendee registrants, and in the case the event is canceled, all attendee registrations will be refunded completely.

As an organization of healthcare professionals, AST recognizes the value that our members place on the importance of infection prevention practices not just when traveling, but every day. We will continue to provide updates. 

Holly Falcon, CST, FAST
AST President

  • AST Member Audience

    The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) was founded in 1969 and is the premier membership organization for surgical technologists. AST represents the interests of more than 80,000 surgical technologists, and surgical assistants. Its mission is to enhance the profession to ensure quality patient care through continuing education, development of professional standards, profession-related services, authoring practice-related textbooks and legislative engagement.

  • AST Member Audience

    AST membership continues to experience dynamic growth and includes more than 41,000 surgical technologists and surgical assistants, who work in operating rooms, surgery centers, specialty clinics, educational programs and medical device corporations.

    • Employment for Surgical Technologists is expected to increase 19% by 2020*
    • Over 17,000 new Surgical Technologist jobs are expected to be created by 2020*

    *Based on research from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

    AST will help you connect with OR professionals who are directly involved with purchasing - or the veto - of products and services used in the OR!

    A Snapshot of AST Membership

    • More than 41,000 surgical technologists and surgical assistants
    • 72% of AST members are involved with purchasing
    • Over 71% of all surgical technologists work in hospitals and surgery centers
    • Over 28% of AST members have been in the industry more than 15 years
    • Nearly 20% of CSTs have a master's degree or higher
    • Median age is 39 

    AST has developed a structure of integrated media opportunities for you to effectively communicate with our members and convey your marketing message in the most effective way possible.

    • Display advertising in the AST monthly clinical journal The Surgical Technologist – reaches 70,000 OR professionals
    • E-advertising opportunities
    • Exhibiting at the annual AST National Surgical Technology Conference and AST's Educators Conference – more than 2,000 OR professionals attend each year
    • Other Marketing Opportunities – Corporate Partnerships, Direct Marketing, AST Foundation, Affiliate Memberships
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